Hey everyone! I hope you all are doing well. As I mentioned last week, this week my something new was to draw some illustrations for the story I wrote last week. Now, I didn’t expect to create master works of art immediately. I figured I’d sit down, sketch out some ideas, then refine and edit them from there. Basically, I figured it would follow the same process as writing and editing the story. However, what I found was that every time I sat down to draw, I basically faced the illustrator’s version of writer’s block.
One would think, or at least I thought, that since I already had the story written, and had images in my head, sketching them would be relatively easy. Nope. Not the case. I did make some sketches, and I still have the images in my head, but when I try to translate those images to actual drawings, I stumble. Suddenly, the image in my head becomes fuzzy and in some cases, evaporates completely as I try to draw it. It’s almost like when I was writing, I had a very far away view of what was going on, then when I tried to draw it up close, I realized there was a lot I couldn’t see.
That’s not to say it’s all bad. Like I said, I did draw, and much like I often find with writing, the more I forced myself to draw, the more I was able to see my vision. I also got some new ideas that were not part of my original vision as I was fiddling around with my drawings. Not to mention ideas I hope to use in future alphabet stories. For example: H and I are very friendly and very close neighbors, X feels a little left out since he doesn’t get to start many words, and J and K are best friends and quite the pranksters (for my fellow Harry Potter fans, think along the lines of Fred and George Weasley). I haven’t started writing any new alphabet stories yet, but the ideas are swirling, which is always encouraging.
Hopefully next week I will have some more progress, as well as another something new to report. See ya!